Rory McIlroy was in tears after leaving the parking lot with his Ryder Cup victory

Rory McIlroy was in tears after leaving the parking lot with his Ryder Cup victory

Rory McIlroy tasted sweet redemption at the Ryder Cup on Sunday, scoring his fourth of the week to put Europe on the brink of victory at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club

Rory McIlroy beat Sam Burns to bring Europe closer to Ryder Cup glory.

Rory McIlroy showed emotion a day after his Ryder Cup singles victory on Sunday, lining up behind him in line with Patrick Cantlay’s caddy, Joe LaCava.

McIlroy beat Sam Burns 3&1 to lead Europe back to the title at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Rome, earning redemption after a miserable spell at Whistling Straits two years ago.

The Northern Irishman was a talisman for the boys in blue in Rome, playing in every session and scoring four points out of a possible five to put Luke Donald’s side on the brink of victory.

McIlroy is even more pleased after his bizarre argument with LaCava on the night of Blue Saturday the 18th. Cantlay made three birdie putts for a miraculous win with Wyndham Clark in four over McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick.

But the European duo still had to halve their putts as LaCava celebrated close to McIlroy, angering the four-time major champion. After a confrontation on the field, the argument between McIlroy and LaCava continued in the parking lot after the game ended.

LaCava’s celebration follows a Sky Sports report that claimed Cantlay was the reason Team USA’s locker room was “fractured” by not paying Ryder Cup players, refusing to wear hats in protest . Cantlay and his team denied these claims, and his teammates celebrated by waving their hats in the air when the former FedEx Cup champion put a point on the board. “I needed that to fuel me today and not let it ruin a great week. I feel like I used it to my advantage. I came in here with a level of focus and other determination. Actually, in a way, I think, it gave the group a little bit of fire in our bellies.

“I just want to go out and win another point for Europe. Since Whistling Straits, I’ve been very disappointed with my performance there. To come here and score four points for the team, it means a lot to me and I hope we can achieve that.”

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